Our church celebrates freedom of belief and welcomes individuals and families of all backgrounds and faiths. Unitarian Universalism does not advocate a particular creed. We come together because of our shared commitment to values and to ways of living, not to religious dogma. See “What Is UU?” for more about the long history and tradition of Unitarian Universalism. The Strafford Universalist Society is the second oldest in Vermont and fourth oldest in the nation. Though the society was dormant for several years in the 1980s and 1990s, we are now growing again, meeting in the “new” church built in 1833 in South Strafford. We hope you will join us.
Sunday, August 4th, 10 a.m., To Pray, You Open Your Whole Self – Honoring Poet Joy Harjo led by Rev. Telos Whitfield
Joy Harjo, honored as the U.S. Poet Laureate, is a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation and often draws on Native American stories, languages and myths. “I think the culture is bringing me into it with poetry — that it’s part of me,” (Harjo)
Thursday, August 15th Outdoor Movie Night!
Join us on the church lawn for a movie (TBD). Bring your own picnic if you’d like, lawn chair or blanket, and we’ll have popcorn and lemonade for sale. We’ll show the movie at twilight (8 p.m.ish) and hope you can come for this fun summer event!
Sunday, August 25th, 10:30 a.m. at the Barnard Unitarian Universalist Church, Community UU Worship and Celebration
We return again for our yearly tradition of holding a service together hosted by the church in Barnard with our area UU congregations from Norwich, Hartland Four Corners, Barnard, Woodstock and Strafford! We will gather for a summer worship service of words and singing, silence and sharing, with childcare and activities for children. Then we will gather for a Picnic at beautiful Silver Lake State Park just up the road. Bring your lunch or something to share, a lawn chair, bathing suit or frisbee, and hope you can attend this special day with our neighboring congregations. The Barnard UU church is the only one in Barnard, at the junction of North Road and Rt. 12, and there is parking at the boat launch or the store. Please Note: The Barnard church is not fully accessible and does not have a restroom. [There are restrooms at the boat launch and local store we can use.]
Sunday, September 1st, Outdoor Worship Service with the United Church
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